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Full Program at a Glance


(All times EDT)

12:00 – 12:05 Audit Leadership Event (ALE) Welcome | Platinum Sponsor: Wolters Kluwer, TeamMate | Jim Dunham, EVP & GM
12:05 – 12:15 ALE Overview – Sheila Smigarowski, Sheila Smigarowski Consulting and Coaching
12:15 – 13:45 ALE Keynote – David Horsager, CEO, Trust Edge Leadership Institute | Keynote Sponsor: EY
13:45 – 14:00 Break
14:00 – 15:30 ALE Panel | Panel Sponsor: WSP Global

Harold Silverman, Managing Director, Professional Practices, The IIA (Moderator)

Peter Dey, Chairman of Paradigm Capital

Colleen Johnston, Chairperson at Unity Health Toronto, Audit Committee Chair / Board Member of McCain Foods, Shopify & Private Debt Partners and serves on several other boards 

Dailene Kells, Partner Risk Advisory, Deloitte

Mohamed Irshad, Head of Global Internal Audit for the Americas hub in Schneider Electric and is based in Calgary, Canada.

15:30 – 15:35 Break
15:40 – 16:40 ALE Keynote – Wes Hall, Executive Chairman & Founder of Kingsdale Advisors & The
Canadian Council of Business Leaders Against Anti-Black Systemic Racism and The BlackNorth Initiative | Keynote Sponsor: ACCA Canada
16:40 – 16:45 ALE Wrap up – Brian Brown, Consultant
16:45 – 17:45 Post Event Round Tables & Networking




  Track 1 Track 2 Track 3 Track 4 Track 5 Track 6
General Session Leadership & Innovation French Language Content
Fraud & Ethics Public Sector/MUSH  IT Audit, Cyber Security and Data Analytics Soundbites
10:00 – 10:05 Opening Remarks – Conference Co-Chairs : Stephen Ward and Linda Klassen
10:05 – 10:15 Guy Desrochers, Chair, Board of Directors, IIA Canada
10:15 – 10:58 Anthony Pugliese, The IIA President and CEO: IIA Global’s Strategic Plan
11:00 – 12:00 Opening Keynote – Tanmay Bakshi, Kid Genius, Youngest Designer on IBM Watson / Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning Expert | AI for Everyone: Building Impactful and Safe AI Applications
12:00 – 12:45 Lunch Time! Recharge, Refuel and Visit the Exhibits
12:00 – 12:45 Protiviti Lunch and Learn | Ransomware: How prepared is your organization? Michael Kostanecki and Tarun Dhawan
13:00 – 13:50  Concurrent Session 1 To Go One Step Further: The Case for an Audit of Strategy

Matej Drascek, LON d.d.
Une vue de l’ensemble: des audits intégrés

Greg Nesbitt et Naomi Belleau, Banque du Canada
How Fake News & Deception Caused an Ethical Crisis

Nejolla Korris, InterVeritas International Ltd
Audit Talk – Rebooting Your Brain

Linda Klassen, Provincial Auditor Saskatchewan
IT enterprise risk management in the time of COVID: A Vegas story

Ralph Villanueva, Diamond Resorts
Effective auditing expertise in the world of digital transformation | Gamified Training – this is how you learn today!

Dominik Foerschler, ARC Institute and Rainer Lenz, Head of Internal Audit 
13:50 – 13:55 Get Up and Stretch!
14:00 – 14:50  Concurrent Session 2 Leadership, Resilience and Meditation – ways to support our organizations, our people, and ourselves

Hailey Pinksen, City of Lethbridge
Structurer un programme d’audit interne en continu

Melanie Perron, SÉPAQ
All roads lead to Risk – How Internal Audit can drive Ethical Behavior

Shawn Hendry, FortisAlberta
Touchstone Insights for Public Sector

Jonathan Pizarro, Wolters Kluwer

Major Digital/Technology Transformation? so how can Internal Audit help through Project Risk Services

Kareem Sadek, KPMG
Rob Van Ballegooijen, KPMG
Third Party Risk in the New Economy

James Barr, KPMG
14:50 – 14:55 Get Up and Stretch!
15:00 – 16:00 Panel: The upskilling imperative: Building a Future Ready Audit Work Force in the Digital Age

Arshad Majeed,
Internal Audit Partner at Deloitte (Moderator)

Pat Colavita,
Senior Vice President and Chief Internal Auditor, Foresters Financial

Amit Prabhu,
Vice President, Internal Audit, OpenText

Brian Philbin,
Assistant Commissioner and Chief Audit Executive, Canada Revenue Agency
16:00 – 16:05 Get Up and Stretch!
16:05 – 17:00  Concurrent Session 3 Internal Auditing in an Unpredictable Environment

Melissa Polak, Aurora Cannabis
Une approche novatrice d’audit interne pour la surveillance de projets interministériels / interorganisationels ou impliquants plusieurs paliers de gouvernements.

Heloise Bedard, MNP et Benoit Boivin, Gouvernement du Québec 
Internal Audit’s Role in Diversity Equity & Inclusion

Rachel Jurgens, Deloitte LLP
All hands on deck: How the CRA’s assurance function pivoted from value protection to value creation in the era of COVID

Louis Seabrooke, Kristen Petruska and Patrick Desrochers, Canadian Revenue Agency
Analytical Therapy: Get Your Custom Prescription to Your Data Analytics Challenges.

Lenny Block, Consultant
The Next-Generation Internal Audit Journey: Protiviti’s 2021 Internal Audit Next-Gen Survey Results

Ram Balakrishnan, Protiviti




  Track 1 Track 2 Track 3 Track 4 Track 5 Track 6
General Session Leadership & Innovation French Language ContentFraud & EthicsPublic Sector/MUSH IT Audit, Cyber Security and Data Analytics Soundbites
10:00 – 10:05 Opening Remarks for the Day
10:05 – 10:40 The Road to Success : IIA Certifications
Rachael Golembuski, Chief Audit Officer – connectFirst Credit Union, Greg van Choyke, Director of Strategic Global Initiatives and Imran Zia, Government of British Columbia
10:45 Keynote intro
10:45 – 11:45 Keynote – Eric Termuende, Future of Work Expert – One-Degree Shifts: Building Tomorrow’s Greatest Places to Work
11:45 – 12:12 Recharge, Refuel and Visit the Exhibits
12:15 – 13:15  Concurrent Session 4 Optimizing Innovation and Value from Co-Sourcing and Outsourcing Internal Audit – The Do’s and Don’ts

Richard Arthurs & Rob Kuling, MNP
Tous sur le pont : Comment la fonction d’assurance de l’ARC est passée de la protection de la valeur à la création de valeur à l’ère de la COVID-19

Louis Seabrooke, Kristen Petruska et Patrick Desrochers, Agence du revenu du Canada
Fraud Risk After COVID-19

Mary Breslin, Verracy
Diversity and Inclusion in Public Sector Hiring Practices

Sharon Messerschmidt, Public Service Commission
Tomorrow is a Different Day – Managing your Third Party Vendor Risk Post Pandemic

James Murray, RiskIT and Jeremy Picco, PRA Canada
The Agile Independent Risk Assessment: An Indispensable GPS for Organizational Transformation Amid Disruption

Hash Qureshi, MNP
13:15 – 14:12 Lunch Time! Recharge, Refuel and Visit the Exhibits
14:15 – 15:10  Concurrent Session 5 The ESG Maturity Model: How does your Organization Compare with Others? How can IA add value?

Edward Olson, MNP

Intelligence naturelle dans un monde d’intelligence artificielle 

Jocelyn Bérard, Optimum Talent
Corruption – Moral, Ethical, Financial and Legal Implications

Marc Tassé, University of Ottawa
Rethinking reliance: identifying and removing cultural barriers

Carol Bellinger, Canadian Audit & Accountability Foundation
The Complete Picture: Integrated Audits

Greg Nesbitt and Naomi Belleau, Bank of Canada
The Secret to Agile Auditing

Mary Breslin, Verracy
15:15 – 16:15 Keynote – Mike Milito, Assistant Comptroller General, Internal Audit Sector, Government of Canada – The Internal Audit Vision in Action – Update on the implementation of the IA Vision in the Government of Canada
16:15 – 16:20 Get Up & stretch!
16:20 – 17:10  Concurrent Session 6 Intersecting Internal Audit and Business Analysis

Keith Ellis, IIBA
L’innovation et les nouvelles tendances en matière d’éthique et de la gestion des risques de fraude

Myriam Duguay, KPMG
Ethics and Compliance: The Role of Audit Leadership.

Brian Brown, Consultant and Robert Kuling, MNP
Building an Effective Internal Audit Function in the Public Sector

Beili Wong, Chief Internal Auditor, Province of Ontario and Paul Forgues, Executive Director, IIA Canada
Evolving Audit Shops: Are there Easy Wins in Cybersecurity for Internal Audit?

Javed Akbar, Chief Risk & Gov Officer, Tasnee Investment Management
ESG and Climate Change: The Role of Internal Audit

William Murphy, KPMG



  Track 1 Track 2 Track 3 Track 4 Track 5 Track 6
General Session Leadership & Innovation French Language ContentFraud & EthicsPublic Sector/MUSH IT Audit, Cyber Security and Data Analytics Soundbites
10:00 – 10:10 Opening Remarks for the Day
10:15 – 10:55  Concurrent Session 7 Insights from future internal audit skills survey

Adam Vitalis, University of Waterloo
Corruption – Implications morales, éthiques, financières et légales

Marc Tassé, Université d’Ottawa
Implementing a new Ethics & Compliance Program during COVID 19 – Challenges & Lessons Learned?

Javed Akbar, Chief Risk & Gov Officer, Tasnee Investment Management
Adapting to the New Normal of Internal Audit—Time to Question the Status Quo

Imran Zia, Government of British Columbia
Agile Auditing of the Benefits Delivery Modernization Programme at ESDC

Sheri Ostridge, François-Michel Brière and Isabelle Barrette, ESDC
Don’t Be Caught On Empty

Shannon Walter, ISM Canada
10:55 – 10:58 Get Up and Stretch!
11:00 – 11:55  Concurrent Session 8
Moving Forward with Resilience

Leah White and Jen Pavlov, Grant Thornton LLP
Évaluation de programme d’éthique et de conformity: Une opportunité de leadership pour les Auditeurs Internes

Denis Chalifour, Consultant – Forensic Accounting
Internal Audit and Results Based Management: Creating Synergies for a Complex World

Steve Montague, Performance Management Network
Gathering Business Intelligence from Interview Notes with Natural Language Processing

Jasbir Singh and Mourad Nizar, Canada Revenue Agency
The AI Enabled Fraud Triangle 

Toby DeRoche, Insight CPE, LLC and Michael Bottala, MindBridge
12:00 – 12:55 Lunch Time! Recharge, Refuel and Visit the Exhibits
13:00 Keynote intro
13:00 – 14:00 Closing Keynote – Maryse Carmichael, First Canadian Woman to Command the SnowbirdsFlying High: Leadership Lessons from a Pioneering Pilot
14:00 – 14:15 Closing Remarks – Paul Forgues, Executive Director, IIA Canada